Those who want to visit the National Park region between the Lower Engadine and the Val Müstair do so quite deliberately. It lies concealed and isolated in the southernmost tip of Switzerland, even if the Vereina Tunnel now makes access a little easier.
Hikers enjoy a ramble through a natural world full of variety and romantic beauty that is very hard to beat. Mountain trails cut into the rocks of the Uinaschlucht gorge contrast with tranquil valley walks in the Val Müstair, steep ascents into the wild Val Cluozza contrast with gentle strolls through the Val Mora, larch forests between Zernez and Lavin contrast with turquoise mountain lakes on the Sesvennapass. You repeatedly touch on the Swiss National Park region – when it gets steep and wild, when you can’t leave the trail and resting places are clearly fenced in with thick posts.
But this route also offers several top highlights in cultural terms. One is undoubtedly the St.Johann zu Müstair Monastery, which has the status of a UNESCO World Heritage. Another is the beautifully decorated Engadine villages with painted detailing on the stone-built houses and typical set-back windows. When these widows reflect the golden larch trees in autumn, the idyll is picture-postcard perfect.
Beware: snowfields possible into summer months on high-level sections.
Beware: head for heights and surefootedness required.
Tips and hints
Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG
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Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
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